1. JNS-SfN-FENS-ANS special symposium
Date and time: September 16 (Wednesday), 17:00-19:30
Venue: Room B (Reception Hall, 4F, Building 1)
Theme: Neuroscience and Society: Global Perspectives
Sponsored by British Embassy
A special symposium will be held with the participation of representatives from neuroscience societies in Japan (JNS), US (SfN), Europe (FENS), and Australia (ANS), as well as editors of international scientific publications. Participants will discuss the current situation and future prospects for relations between the neuroscience community and the general public.

2. JSPS-CIHR joint mini-symposium
Date and time: September 17 (Thursday), 12:00-13:30
Venue: Room H (224, 2F, Building 2)
Theme: Japan-Canada Collaborationship ---Research and Funding Opportunities---
Chairs: Isabelle Aubert (Toronto Univ, Canada), Tadashi Isa (NIPS, Japan)
Program: 1. General introduction of Canada-Japan relationships
  Isabelle Aubert (Toronto Univ) and Tadashi Isa (NIPS)
2. CIHR-JSPS funding opportunities past and future
  Mami Oyama (JSPS)
  Isabelle Aubert on behalf of Dr. Anthony Phillips (CIHR)
3. Examples of collaborations between Canada and Japan
  a. Douglas P. Munoz (Queens Univ, Canada) and Tadashi Isa (NIPS)
  b. Tatsuori Seki (Tohoku Univ, Japan) and Isabelle Aubert (Toronto Univ)
4. The big move for permanent collaborations-----work as a PI in Canada
  Yukiori Goto (McGill Univ, Canada)
5. Free Discussion and Questions
Under the theme of “Japan-Canada Collaborationship ---Research and Funding Opportunities---,” in addition to introducing case studies of joint research taking place between Japan and Canada the seminar will also include talks by Japanese researchers working in Canada.

3. Joint symposium with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Date and time: September 17 (Thursday), 14:00-16:30
Venue: Room H (224, 2F, Building 2)
Theme: Development and plasticity in the nervous system: molecular, cellular and network processes of behavior and disease - Young Excellence in German Neuroscience and Japanese Counterpart
The joint symposium organized by young leaders of outstanding research groups from Japan and Germany is held to strengthen the scientific exchange between the two countries. The talks will monitor the development and plasticity in the nervous system at molecular, cellular and network level under both physiological and pathological conditions.

4. Elsevier/Neuroscience Research special symposium
Date and time: September 18 (Friday), 8:30-10:30
Venue: Room D (International Conference Room, 3F, Building 3)
Theme: Animal models of mental disorders: Toward the elucidation of molecular mechanism

5. Special symposium and panel discussion planned by Future Planning Committee of the Japan Neuroscience Society
Date and time: September 16 (Wednesday), 17:00-20:00 (The panel discussion, 19:30-)
Venue: Room A (Century Hall, 2F, Building 1)
Theme: Symposium -- Alzheimer’s disease; from molecular mechanisms to frontiers of therapy
Panel discussion in Japanese -- Cooperation of basic research and clinical medicine for future neuroscience in Japan.
[Tentative panelists]
Shoji Tsuji (Tokyo Univ.), Hiroshi Mori (Osaka City Univ.), Shigeo Okabe (Tokyo Univ.)

6. Special program planned by Gender Equality Promotion Committee of the Japan Neuroscience Society
Date and time: September 16 (Wednesday), 2009, 12:00-13:00
Venue: Conference Rooms 133-134 3F, Building 1
Theme: Round-Table Discussion on Female Researchers and Career Development
A special social program organized by the Gender Equality Promotion Committee of the Japan Neuroscience Society. A casual round-table discussion will be held over lunch (obento lunchbox). The Japan Neuroscience Society has many female members who can be active role models. We are happy to offer the opportunity to exchange views and ask advice in a relaxed setting among researchers and students who are aiming to boost their careers in future. Both men and women are welcome. Come and extend your networking with other researchers.
Participants will be provided with an obento lunchbox at the actual cost of 1,000 yen. Pre-registration is required. Please e-mail or fax at the address/number below. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Tatsumi HIRATA .
[Scheduled participants]
Emiko Senba (Wakayama Med.Univ.)
Ikue Mori (Nagoya Univ.)
Hiroko Tsukamura (Nagoya Univ.)
Yumiko Yoshimura (Nat'l. Inst. for Physiol. Scis.)
Mineko Kengaku (Kyoto Univ.)
Fumino Fujiyama (Kyoto Univ.)
Noriko Osumi (Tohoku Univ./Gender Equality Committee)
Kazue Mizumura (Nagoya Univ./Gender Equality Committee)
Yoichi Oda (Nagoya Univ./Gender Equality Committee)
Mayumi Nishi (Nara Med. Univ./Gender Equality Committee)
Makoto Tominaga (Nat'l. Inst. for Physiol. Scis./Gender Equality Committee)
Tatsumi Hirata (Nat'l. Inst. of Genets/Gender Equality Committee)

[Application for Round-Table Discussion on Female Researchers and Career Development]

Deadline for Application:
August 31 (Monday), 2009
Convention Secretariat: The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society
c/o: Congress Corporation
Contact: Mr. Tsukamoto, Mr. Kamiya
Tel: +81 (0)52-950-3369 / Fax: +81 (0)52-950-3370

Please provide the following information:
(1) Name (2) Organization (3) E-mail address (4) Telephone number (5) Name if you have any particular participant whom you would like to talk with (6) Specific content of matters,
if any, on which you would like to ask for advice.
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